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The site guide for hang gliding at Fort Funston includes Kent Harker's excellent primer, click on "Funston Primer" above.

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GGNRA Area of Use.

The Club Rules and Site Regulations

Read the Club Rules: Club Rules

The Club Rules contain important information on how and where to fly Funston. The rules are critical for the safety and enjoyment of pilots and park visitors.

Helmet Sticker

A helmet sticker is required to fly at Ft Funston. The best place to get a sticker is here:


If the windsock is not fully extended or if it is cross by more than 30 degrees, soaring will be marginal. If the windsock is full and pointing back towards the clubhouse, conditions are favorable. The windsock will indicate where the bush rotor will be, remember that the rotor spreads out wider as it rolls downwind.


If the wind is strong there will be some rotor 20' or more back from the cliff edge. Don't be afraid to ask for wire help to carry your glider out, locals are happy to help with your launch!

Check the tides to see how much beach there is for landing, especially if the wind is light or cross, or really strong.

Only USHPA members are allowed in the take off area while gliders are launching. You may not take off if spectators are in the launch area, so politely ask any spectators to please move behind the safety cones so you can launch. Do the same for other pilots who might not have noticed that spectators are close by.


Check the wind sock and streamers in the LZ. Maintain a slightly higher than usual air speed for good glider control and to get through the wind gradiant without stalling. Plan ahead to land well clear of pedestrians who might be on the move; predict where they will be by the time you hit your landing spot. The "25' Rule" requires a minimum of 25' clearance from anyone on the ground and will be strictly enforced!

North West Wind Alert: The more north the wind direction and the stronger its velocity, the LZ will be more and more in the bush rotor. Study the wind sock relative to the bush, use caution and watch the streamers in the take off and landing areas. Remember that a safe beach landing is much preferable to an accident in the LZ.

Observe International Ridge Soaring Ridge Rules

Clear your turns!

Keep track of where other pilots are.


New H3 pilots will need a Westlake introduction before flying to Westlake.


Altitude limitations for Westlake: Familiarize yourself with the FAA sectional and SFO Terminal Area Chart as there are a number of ceiling changes between Fort Funston and Mussel Rock, aka "The Dumps".